Sociologist to present lecture on African-American women at WFU

Marlese DurrMarlese Durr, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Wright State University, will present “Social Distance, Acceptance and Gatekeepers: New Spaces and Places for African-American Women” Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium at Wake Forest University.

Durr is currently working on a book titled “African-American Women: Gender Relations, Work and the Political Economy in the Twenty-First Century” in collaboration with Shirley A. Hill.

Durr is the director of the women’s studies program at Wright State where her research interests center on work and occupations, urban sociology of minority groups, affirmative action and management structures, gender and managerial labor markets, and the effect of stressful life events on African-American women.

She has held leadership positions with the Association of Black Sociologists, the American Sociological Association, the National Association of Black Business and Professional Women, the Eastern Sociological Society Minorities Committee and the Sociologists for Women in Society.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and American Ethnic Studies and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336-758-5495.

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